Country Life

Spend some quality time with friendly local people overlooking the fields and valleys.

  1. Chiiori thatched roof traditional house

    This house was built 300 years ago. Oku-Iya is said to be the Tibet of Japan, with its high elevation and narrow valleys. Alex Kerr purchased and restored the house, naming it ‘Chiiori’, the house of the flute since he plays that instrument.

  2. Fuchimyō Village

    There are many villages in the valleys of Nishi-Awa, but Fuchimyō is the representa-tive region of Mima for seeing this scenery.
    The village occupies a rounded spur of the mountain.

  3. Ochiai Village

    Ochiai Village is a settlement on the slope of a mountain roughly in the middle of Higashi-Iya where the Iya and Ochiai rivers meet. The origins of the village are un-known, but there are stories about the defeated Heike and pioneering activity in the Iya Valley. The slopes of the settlement are very steep with a height difference of about 390 m.
    The traditional houses built from the mid Edo to the early Shōwa period and the stone walls and fields have the atmosphere of an old mountain village.
    In 2005, the government designated this area an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

  4. Sarukai

    Sakuraki Village is located on a steep slope where yuzu and vegetables are grown. Every year in early October, the steep slope is covered with white soba flowers which attract many visitors.

  5. Tougenkyo-Iya

    There are currently eight thatched roof cottages restored as vacation rentals in Ochiai Village in the Higashi-Iya area of Tokushima Prefecture, known as one of Japan’s three unexplored regions.
    You can rent a whole cottage for your stay. Although the buildings are old, they’re equipped with modern bathrooms, air conditioning, kitchens, linen and floor heating for a comfortable time.

  1. Chiiori thatched roof traditional house

    This house was built 300 years ago. Oku-Iya is said to be the Tibet of Japan, with its high elevation and narrow valleys. Alex Kerr purchased and restored the house, naming it ‘Chiiori’, the house of the flute since he plays that instrument.

  2. Fuchimyō Village

    There are many villages in the valleys of Nishi-Awa, but Fuchimyō is the representa-tive region of Mima for seeing this scenery.
    The village occupies a rounded spur of the mountain.

  3. Ochiai Village

    Ochiai Village is a settlement on the slope of a mountain roughly in the middle of Higashi-Iya where the Iya and Ochiai rivers meet. The origins of the village are un-known, but there are stories about the defeated Heike and pioneering activity in the Iya Valley. The slopes of the settlement are very steep with a height difference of about 390 m.
    The traditional houses built from the mid Edo to the early Shōwa period and the stone walls and fields have the atmosphere of an old mountain village.
    In 2005, the government designated this area an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

  4. Sarukai

    Sakuraki Village is located on a steep slope where yuzu and vegetables are grown. Every year in early October, the steep slope is covered with white soba flowers which attract many visitors.

  5. Tougenkyo-Iya

    There are currently eight thatched roof cottages restored as vacation rentals in Ochiai Village in the Higashi-Iya area of Tokushima Prefecture, known as one of Japan’s three unexplored regions.
    You can rent a whole cottage for your stay. Although the buildings are old, they’re equipped with modern bathrooms, air conditioning, kitchens, linen and floor heating for a comfortable time.